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Groundwater Water Level Network


The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.

Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.

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Program start date

The first water level reading on record was from gauge number 401 taken in 1800 (gauge board reading). The first water level reading for a departmental bore was from bore number RN 14320643 taken on 5 April 1901.

Program end date


Objectives of the program

The program aims to provide:

  • Information to assist in the management and assessment of Queensland’s underground water resources
  • A minimum groundwater water quantity information dataset to assist water resource planning processes.

Who is involved?

Lead organisation

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Partner organisations

No partner organisations

List of indicators monitored

Mix of continuous time series data and manual water level readings.

Scale of program


Brief description of sampling locations

The Groundwater Water Level Network consists of 4230 groundwater bores across Queensland.

Frequency of monitoring

Different sites in the Groundwater Water Level Network are monitored monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. However, some are monitored more frequently depending on local conditions and needs. There are 95 bores that are continuously monitored for water level, and 33 of these are currently accessed by remote telemetry to download near-real-time data onto a web server. An additional 23 bores are intended to be upgraded with remote telemetry.

Where is the program reported?

The Groundwater Water Level Network is typically used for baseline data for a range of projects, including coal seam gas development and other mining activities. Groundwater levels are also reported as part of the State of the Environment Report.

Data is available on request to water.monitoring♲

Last updated: 22 March 2013

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2013) Groundwater Water Level Network, WetlandInfo website, accessed 15 May 2024. Available at:

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